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Exciting Surf and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

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Are you searching for your inner Pura Vida? Let the combination of yoga and surfing help you find it. Yoga and surfing go hand in hand. If you want to improve at either or both, Blue Surf Sanctuary is the place to start. Yoga requires focus, strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Blue Surf Sanctuary is here to provide you with the best surf instruction and guide you to gain the attributes needed to further your yoga practice.


  • 5 yoga sessions
  • Daily surf lessons
  • 1 hour of body massage
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Free rental equipment
  • Morning breakfast
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Blue Surf Sanctuary is a boutique surf hotel located near world-famous surf spots in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. They have 4 wonderfully equipped bungalows and a beautiful open air kitchen located in a very short walk from the beach.

This hotel also provides you with internet, swimming pool, and relaxing area. Blue Surf Sanctuary can help you build the perfect Costa Rica surf vacation.


Blue Surf Sanctuary's yoga and surf retreat helps restore balance and energy to your life. Vinyasa flow will energize and provide you with a full-body workout, while Ashtanga cleanses the mind and soothes the soul. Your selection of class styles is varied and Blue Surf Sanctuary can help accommodate whichever style you choose. You will be instructed by experienced instructors in this retreat. This retreat also opens for all levels of surfers.

The weather conditions are good to give surf lessons on most days in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. If conditions are not acceptable for lessons in one area, they are often fine for lessons at another nearby break.


Santa Teresa is located in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the Nicoya Peninsula. The two small surf towns share a 6-kilometer stretch of beach and road. There are many restaurants, surf shops, and groceries. Blue Surf Sanctuary is located near one of the best surf breaks in the country, Suck Rock.

Many of guests come to Costa Rica for the awesome surf experience. Santa Teresa has become a world famous surf location. Not only the surf is great, the beach is consistently voted tops in all of Central and South America. It really is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You will love the vibe.

Nearby places

  • Santa Teresa emergency medical clinics - 15 minutes by car
  • Cobano emergency medical clinic - 30 minutes by car


During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast at nearby Florblanca resort. Santa Teresa has such diverse dining options that it is hard to set a price for any given meal. You can find anything from 5 USD casados at local Tico restaurants to 30 USD entrees and everything in between. There is something for every taste and budget in this town, and in fact, Santa Teresa has become quite the destination for foodies.

Things to do (optional)

  • Bird watching
  • Enjoy canopy tours
  • Enjoy Costa Rica tide pools
  • Fishing in Santa Teresa
  • Hiking and wildlife tours
  • Horseback riding tours
  • Sea kayaking tours
  • Snorkeling or diving in Isla Tortuga
  • SUP tours
  • Swimming
  • Visit Cabo Blanco
  • Visit Curu Wildlife Reserve
  • Visit Montezuma Waterfalls

Spa treatments

You will receive a 1-hour full-body massage and this is included in the package.

What's included

  • 1 hour of full body massage
  • 5 yoga lessons
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Blue Surf Adventures rash guard
  • Daily breakfast at nearby Florbanca Resort
  • Daily surf lessons
  • Free rental equipment during your entire stay
  • Transfer from and to Tambor Airport (TMU)

How to get there

Driving directions from San Jose

  • Drive to Puntarenas for an hour and half and take the “Tambor” car ferry to Paquera. You will be on the ferry for approximately an hour and a half or so.
  • Drive through Tambor to Cobano.
  • In Cobano, drive straight through town and turn left after 1 kilometer to Mal Pais.
  • After 8 kilometers, a total of approximately an hour from getting off the ferry, you will arrive at a crossroad just before the beach.
  • Turn right and the Blue Surf Sanctuary hotel is approximately 3 kilometers on your left.

Note: 4 × 4 car is not necessary but it is recommended in the rainy season. Total journey time from San Jose is 5 hours and half, as Blue Surf Sanctuary recommends that you arrive at Puntarenas at least one hour before the ferry departs.

Driving directions from Liberia

  • Take Route 21 that passes right by the airport, south, towards Santa Cruz and Nicoya.
  • Just keep going straight through every town and the same route 21 will lead you to Carmona in about an hour and half or two after you started your trip.
  • Turn left in a T intersection before entering into Carmona town. The only thing apart from a few signs is a small police station.
  • Take a left turn there and follow the signs to Lepanto, Naranjo, Paquera, or Cobano.
  • If you keep going straight, you’ll get into Carmona town. Thus, you’ll realize that you’ve missed the turn.
  • Again, you only need to follow the road, still route 21, that will change from pavement into gravel at Naranjo. The gravel continues until Paquera.
  • There are two intersections on this road and you should take left both times. Once the pavement starts again, you’ll be in Paquera town.
  • Follow the road until you get to another T intersection.
  • Turn right this time, towards Cobano and Santa Teresa. This is route 160. Follow it, and you’ll cross through Cobano town.
  • Keep going straight through Cobanos crossroad and the pavement again turns into gravel. About one mile after that, you’ll find yourself in another T intersection.
  • Turn Left following the signs towards Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. The bendy road will lead you to Santa Teresa’s crossroad, called “down town”. There you’ll find the bank, the pharmacy, and the doctor.
  • Turn right at the crossroad and drive through the town about 2 to 3 miles. Once you pass “La Hacienda” supermarket on your right, keep going for 500 meters and you’ll see Blue Surf Sanctuary sign on the left hand of the road. You’ll also see the Billabong signs at the hotel's door from the road.

Note: Regarding the drive from Liberia, the roads are in good condition compared to other roads in Costa Rica and the whole drive from the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) to Blue Surf Sanctuary will take you approximately 4 hours.

Driving directions from Manzanillo

  • There are 2 ways to get to Santa Teresa. You can come from the north, from Manzanillo or from the west, through Cobano.
  • If you are coming from the north, across the rivers, about 1 kilometer after you drive through Playa Hermosa, you will pass by Flor Blanca, a big resort.
  • After 100 meters further, on your right hand (beach side), you will see Blue Surf Sanctuary blue sign.
  • Turn right to find Blue Surf Sanctuary.
  • If you are coming the other way, through Cobano, you will enter the town at the crossroad of Mal Pais. There is one street that connects Santa Teresa with Mal Pais. Parallel to the beach and Blue Surf Sanctuary is 4 kilometers north from that crossroad.
  • After you drive by “La Hacienda” supermarket for about 600 meter, you will see Blue Surf Sanctuary sign on your left hand (beach side).

Arrival by airplane

Please book a flight to arrive at Tambor Airport (TMU). Blue Surf Sanctuary will pick you up from the airport by taxi. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by shuttle

Several shared shuttles are available at certain times from specified locations. One option is scheduled public shuttles with Montezuma Expeditions for budget travelers who travel light. Offering scheduled shuttles, the Costa Rica Shuttle is another option. They are happy to pick you up at the airport, certain hotels, or anywhere in San Jose, and will drop you off right at Blue Surf.

Transportation by private shuttle is also available. Private shuttles are more expensive, but more flexible. Private vans offer flexibility (for example, if your flight arrives later in the day and you don’t want to stay overnight in San José). Several companies offer private shuttles including Costa Rica Shuttle.

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